Everyone’s a winner — plastics, metals gain from car growth

Polymers and metals may compete for some automotive applications but the motor industry has been a strong driver of demand for both plastics and a range of metals over the past two years. And the good news is that the support will continue — volume growth bolstering steel, environmental legislation boosting polymers, while re-tooling and new power systems lift demand for some minor metals.

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European polymers — recovery or respite?

European polymer margins are at their highest level for years after a very strong start to 2015. But does this signify a renaissance or just a short-term fillip for an industry still beset by structural challenges?

The weak euro, steady demand growth and some supply interruptions have created a window of opportunity for producers to lift margins that for years have been below reinvestment levels.

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